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Compression of Intermediate Data
I wanted to look into improving performance of my Hive cluster, and from
what I read turning on compression of intermediate data could help. As I
understand, this would help because it would reduce the amount of data
written to disk in between jobs.

I look at the documentation and set the following settings:

SET hive.exec.compress.intermediate=true;
SET mapred.output.compression.type=BLOCK;

 I ran some queries to see how compression impacts the performance. But it
usually made the query time worse. I also had a query whose size of
intermediate data was close to the size of input data, but it made the
performance worse for this query too.

 Question 1: Are the above settings correct settings for using compression
of intermediate data?

 Question 2: Are there use-cases in which compression of intermediate data
would not help performance? Why would someone not keep it turned on always?

Bejoy KS 2012-10-06, 15:32
Hadi Moshayedi 2012-10-08, 15:17